Bayhealth Foundation

Hertrich family grateful for lifesaving services

The day began like many others for the Hertrich family. Fred and Lyndie Hertrich made sure their three children, ages 8, 6, and 4, were ready for school, and Fred left for another day of work. But a severe pain put a stop to Fred’s busy schedule at The Hertrich Family of Dealerships.

“He described it as enough pain to go to the emergency department at Bayhealth Milford Memorial,” said Lyndie, who is not a stranger to the Milford community. With a doctorate in education, she worked as a teacher in the Milford School District at Banneker Elementary School for several years, and also as vice principal for Lula Ross Elementary School.

According to Lyndie, the rest of the day moved very quickly. Fred was admitted to Bayhealth Milford Memorial with a life-threatening condition, and they learned he would need emergency surgery.

“It was a frightening experience, but when I arrived in the emergency department I felt comforted by the family atmosphere,” said Lyndie. “I recognized the faces of many of the parents of students that I taught, and even some of the students. It felt like we were in the right place, and I trusted the nurses and physicians because I had built a relationship with them through working in the community. You don’t get that same treatment in a city hospital.”

Fred and Lyndie Hertrich expressed great appreciation for the physicians and nurses responsible for saving Fred’s life. As a result of their positive experience, the Hertriches were compelled to make a generous contribution to the Campaign for Bayhealth Phase III in support of the Bayhealth Sussex Campus.

“Every community needs lifesaving services with the newest and best technology and most comfortable surroundings possible,” said Lyndie. “We’re thankful Bayhealth is expanding and improving those services in the southern Delaware community with the new Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus.”

Fred and Lyndie are also thankful they can return to their regular daily routine and focus on their number-one passion in life, their children.

Visit for more information on the new Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus. Call the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015 to learn how you can support the Bayhealth Sussex Campus.

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